Flames start full house training today


The Malawi National senior football team will start their full training today ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers after all players tested negative to COVID-19.

The team's coach, Meck Mwase named a 29-member local squad on Tuesday but were expected to undergo some medical tests which they all passed on Wednesday.

According to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), about 27 players have reported for camp at Mpira Village in Blantyre ahead of the South Sudan and Uganda matches next month, apart from Nyasa Big Bullets' defender Precious Sambani.

Sambani, has been away to South Africa for trials at Golden Arrows, and is finalising COVID-19 protocols.

With the local league on suspension for some weeks, Mwase said he anticipated some low level of fitness from the players, but the opposite has happened.

“I am happy that all the players are in good condition. And we are set to start our training on Thursday.

"We started with some fitness training on Wednesday morning and afternoon just to assess them. I am glad that the players are in good shape and looking forward to our full training," he said.

Flames players
Physical training in progress. Photos courtesy of FAM 

Mwase is yet to name the foreign-based players for the assignments. 

The Flames will face South Sudan away before playing Uganda at home, Kamuzu Stadium.